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■ —* — UNLIKELY STARTER NATIONAL HORSES Special. CHRISTCHURCH, this day. Strip bled this morning, and it i 3 doubtful if hcMßvill start in the Grand National SteepSchase. Khurja is still very lame and will not run, while another Grand National candidate which made a poor impression was Kilmanagh. With Kxtra. Kilmanagh set otit to clear Cutts, the brush, sod wall, and post and rails, but hit Cutts' and dropped her rider. AVhen put to the fence again, she balked twice and was then taker, out into the middle to tackle smaller fences. Without being given a sighter at the board fence, she was sent into it. but slithered to a stop. Albino then joined her, and they jumped once round over five trial fences, Kilmanagh doing better toward the end. Dauber cleared seven of the trial fences, making a bold showing, marred only at the board fence the second time, when he got in a bit close, but recovered cleverly. Datiber skimmed over his fence 3 in a polished manner arid pulled up well. There were many hurdlers out. Boloyna led Minority and Big Top over four hurdles, but was then pulled up, Minority and Big Top going on over another two. It was a useful effort. Abdicate and The Dude led Good Armour over four hurdles, the trio jumping cleanly at a slow pace. Lotto and Moderate went separately over four hurdles, while Court Dress and Arabian Night jumped two. Royal Don and Whiphand shaped satisfactorily over eight of the trial fences, Red Leader joining in at the board fence for the last five obstacles.

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STRIP BLEEDS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 181, 2 August 1945

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STRIP BLEEDS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 181, 2 August 1945